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Spurs midfielder Moussa Dembele is going to accept the FA charge for violent conduct after he poked Diego Costa‘s eye in last match at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.

The Tottenham player was caught by TV cameras during a scuffle in front of the dugouts, provoked by Pochettino‘s men nervousness as they were losing the league title to Leicester City after Eden Hazard‘s equaliser.

Following this episode the FA charged the Tottenham midfielder on Wednesday, indicating that his actions required sterner punishment than a three-match ban for violent conduct.

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After the last nervous derby where Spurs lost the Premier League title in favour of Leicester, Tottenham star Christian Eriksen claimed that the nine bookings his mates and him received were caused by Chelsea players, and he explains why:

“In the last few seasons when we played Chelsea they tried to bully us. It has normally been Spurs backing down.

“Luckily we turned it around and were able to play an even game. More for us in the first half. But it was an even game and it ended, unluckily for us, even.”

 

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Chelsea captain John Terry took Instagram this morning to share his feelings about last night game against Spurs with his fans and to congratulate once again Leicester City and old Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri, that were crowned Premier League champions last night thanks to Eden Hazard‘s goal, but also praised the Blues fans for the incredible support and atmosphere at the Bridge:

“What a game that was last night. Great character from the players to come back from 2-0 down,” Terry wrote.

“The atmosphere was incredible and we know how much that result means to you supporters. 27 years #notonmyshift

“Well done @garyjcahill and @hazardeden_10 on two superb finishes.

“Congratulations Leicester City and all their players, Claudio Ranieri who fully deserve the league title this year.”

 

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Former Spurs player Jermaine Jenas spoke about next week derby between Chelsea and Tottenham where the Blues can play their part in the title race: winning that game, Chelsea would give a huge help to Leicester to win the Premier League.

“Do you think the Chelsea players would rather Leicester win the title?” Jenas was asked.

“One hundred percent. I mean, they’re probably looking at what they’ve got left and saying ‘you know, I don’t care what happens the rest of the season, all I care about is [the Spurs match]. That’s the one game that I’m going to make sure that I’m ready for and that I’m up for.’ The fans will be thinking the same thing, the players on the pitch will be thinking the same thing.

But as a Spurs player, you know that. It’s OK thinking all those things, you’ve still got to stop it happening. Spurs are at the peak of their powers at the minute, playing as well as I’ve ever seen them play, and they’re driven by the opportunity to lift the trophy.

You look at that Chelsea team, they’ve got some world stars within their ranks. Is just stopping Spurs a big enough carrot to make them perform on that day? I think it is.”

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink‘s words after the win at Bournemouth:

“We are very pleased with the performance, especially second half,” he said.

“The first half was a very open game. We played a side who are very good in the build-up of the game and from that they create good chances. We could have scored more goals and so could they and it was a very entertaining game.

“We made some little changes in the positions at half-time and from then on we could be in control and were very dominant in the second-half. It was good to see the players were enjoying it and looking for the attack and for the goal. It was nice to see some players who have been absent recently were scoring and enjoying goals.”

On Eden Hazard good performance he said:

“We worked for the last 10 days with him with the group, looking at his way of moving and it was good. He was light in his movement and so I said he starts this game and we’ll see how it goes. We talked about 45 minutes or a bit more but he was enjoying it so much he could play the whole game, and that was a sign of the good spirit of his and of the team.”

Also Cesc Fabregas had a stunning performance, giving 3 assists for the first 3 Chelsea goals:

“He was enjoying it very much and he is one of the few who has this vision. He knows he can execute what he is thinking. We practise on that and when he is on the ball we have running players to make his fast vision effective.”

Hiddink also spoke about next Chelsea game, a Monday night clash against Spurs on 2 May that can decide the title race:

“We have talked about it this week, that we don’t want this season to fade away. The players responded very well and this was an intense game.

“We go into next games with nothing effectively at stake for us but if we play like we did today then, although a win is not guaranteed, the attitude means the players will do everything until the end of the season. We play the next game to win and that is Tottenham.”

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CHELSEA – Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Obi Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Kenedy, Remy.

Subs: Begovic, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Traore, Pato.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

WEST HAM – Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble (c), Lanzini, Payet, Valencia, Sakho

Subs: Randolph (GK), Oxford, O’Brien, Obiang, Song, Emenike, Carroll

Manager: Slaven Bilic

 

Referee Robert Madley

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Kick Off – 3.00 pm GMT

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

– Diego Costa is suspended after picking up two yellow cards against Everton in the FA Cup last weekend.

– Eden Hazard could be out for a month with a hip problem.

 

West Ham

– James Tomkins (calf) and James Collins (hamstring) are both out for the visitors.

– Victor Moses is ineligible against his parent club.

– Sam Byram is free to play after being cup-tied last week.

 

PREDICTED LINE  UPS

 

CHELSEA – Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Obi Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Oscar, Traoré.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

WEST HAM – Adrian, Kouyate, Oxford, Ogbonna, Antonio, Obiang, Noble, Cresswell, Lanzini, Emineke, Payet.

Manager: Slaven Bilic

 

Referee Robert Madley

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Kick Off – 3.00 pm GMT

 

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Chelsea’s young striker, Patrick Bamford has recently been linked with a variety of Premier League clubs looking for a loan move for the 22 year-old striker, but how good is he?

The Blues forward signed from Nottingham Forrest in January 2012, having only made two substitute appearances. But the Chelsea scouts saw enough in him at youth level to take a gamble on the then 18 year-old.

Bamford then spent the rest of the 2011/12 season in the Chelsea youth team and was ready for a loan switch to MK Dons when the opportunity arose the following season. Bamford spent just over a year there scoring 18 goals in 37 League One appearances.

The youngster impressed and his loan spell was ended in January 2014 for him to take the step up and move to Championship side Derby County for the remainder of the season in which he scored 8 goals in 14 starts. This prompted a battle for Bamford’s services within the Championship the following season with then boss Jose Mourinho electing to send him on loan to one of his old coaches Aitor Karanka at Middlesborough. Bamford excelled on loan at The Riverside scoring 17 goals in just 32 starts taking Boro to Wembly and the Play-off final, which they would eventually lose to Norwich. Bamford claimed the Championship player of the year that season and was touted for great things on his return to Chelsea.

Mourinho still didn’t quite believe Bamford could make an impact at Chelsea just yet and sent the forward out on loan, to his biggest test yet, Premier League side Crystal Palace. In which the test was a bit too much. The youngster cut short his loan spell earlier this month due to a lack of playing time, in which he only made 6 substitute appearances for The Eagles.

Chelsea will hope that Bamford is taken on by another Premier League club in order for him to show his potential in the Premier League. It’s all there for Bamford, he needs to take his chance in the Premier League and prove to the Chelsea hierarchy that he can make it in the first-team.

 

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry reacted to his former team’s defeat to Chelsea.

The Gunners relinquished top spot, dropping to third place, with Leicester capitalising, the Foxes now lead with 47 points while Arsenal have 44, the same of Manchester City that occupy second spot due to goal difference.

According to Henry, this game will have a huge impact in the title race:

There’s always an expectation when Arsenal play Chelsea… are they going to finally beat them?” said the ex Gunners striker that now is a Sky Sports pundit.

“Again, it’s Diego Costa and Chelsea having the last laugh.

“It’s difficult to point to things after the sending off but they didn’t start the game well enough to be able to be on top of it.

“So are we going to talk about the same thing? Is it going to have a massive impact on the title? Yes, in a way. But on the other side, no one is really capitalising on taking advantage of mistakes from other teams.

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JOHN TERRY
Chelsea captain John Terry can end his adventure with the Blues at the end of the season © Francesca Ceciarini

After the win against Arsenal at the Emirates Chelsea captain John Terry is still confident the team can reach the fourth spot, the last one that allows play the Champions League next year:

I think anything is [doable],” he said to Sky Sports.

“The results, everyone is beating everyone. There are surprises every week still. It’s a tough league this year. 

“If we can put a good run of games together and continue playing like we have done and continue showing the fighting spirit, we’ve got a good chance. We’re not writing anything off. We’ll keep fighting in the league until there are no points to play for.”

 

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